PTSD taught me that many doctors and other health care professionals do not know much about such a common disorder/injury as PTSD. I have spoken to and have been treated by M.D.’s, D.O.’s, psychologists, and neurologists who have what I would call a beginner’s understanding of PTSD. I have even run into clinicians who have told me that it is a matter of simply pushing through the pain! Not only is that view completely lacking compassion but it is incorrect. On a personal note, I saw many psychiatrists and other professionals for 20 years. I presented in an honest and forthright manner. I was NEVER diagnosed with PTSD through all of those years. My diagnosis was generally a severe case of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Many doctors know even less about effective treatment models. I was speaking with a neurologist recently and this gentlemen didn’t know what EMDR was. EMDR is the most effective treatment for PTSD. My point is not to denigrate doctors it is to let you know that finding an experienced practitioner may take some investigating and trial and error. Please don’t be discouraged. Help is available and many people are willing to help. Sometimes with PTSD, it is hard to reach out for help for many reasons. Some of these reasons are fear of reliving the trauma, struggling with depression so you have no motivation to seek help, money, and often times shame. If you are at a place where you think you may be ready to get treatment or simply talk to someone please do your best to reach out. Let a trusted friend know what is going on and ask them for help. If you can’t seem to find someone right now that can listen then please message me. You are a survivor and you can find freedom from PTSD and it’s devastating effects.